I believe that all good therapy starts with establishing a relationship in which clients feel understood and respected. If we decide to work together, we will work collaboratively to clarify your goals for treatment as well as what to focus on during and between sessions to help you achieve your goals.
My treatment approach is based primarily on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be particularly effective for the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Through CBT, you can learn how to approach situations you are afraid of or avoiding, develop skills to better manage anxiety, and learn how your thinking contributes to your anxiety. We will work together to determine various things to keep track of, reflect on, or practice outside of our sessions. The particular strategies and skills we might work on will vary, depending on your specific concerns.
The focus of our initial meeting will be to gain a better understanding of your concerns, answer questions you might have, and determine whether it seems appropriate for us to work together. Typically, I meet with clients on a weekly basis, for a 50-minute session. However, as appropriate, I might suggest meeting more or less frequently or for longer or shorter sessions based on your particular concerns. Sessions typically take place at my office. Occasionally, it may be beneficial for us to consider working outside the office (e.g., driving, grocery store, elevators) as well, in order to help you approach feared situations and your goals.